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Monday, August 25, 2014

He wants police armed to the teeth

Letter to the Editor

Regarding The Telegraph headline, “NH police armed to the teeth” (Aug 24): Well, yes, it’s a bad thing if you are more concerned about the well-being of wrongdoers than the safety of first responders or how we look versus the reality of how vulnerable we are. The object of this sensational headline? A truck. Not a war vehicle. Not a tank. A bulletproof truck designed to carry police and innocent civilians to and from active crime scenes where bad people are either shooting at them or there is a threat of explosives. The article would have you believe that the truck is military equipment. Well, so are boots. The manufacturer builds models for the military and for civilian law enforcement. Personally, I want my police trained, equipped, armed to the teeth and ready for anything. I trust them and I need them because the range of violence that may descend on my city is nearly unimaginable. It’s a lesson that kids in the scouts learn: “Be Prepared.” ...

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Regarding The Telegraph headline, “NH police armed to the teeth” (Aug 24): Well, yes, it’s a bad thing if you are more concerned about the well-being of wrongdoers than the safety of first responders or how we look versus the reality of how vulnerable we are. The object of this sensational headline? A truck. Not a war vehicle. Not a tank. A bulletproof truck designed to carry police and innocent civilians to and from active crime scenes where bad people are either shooting at them or there is a threat of explosives. The article would have you believe that the truck is military equipment. Well, so are boots. The manufacturer builds models for the military and for civilian law enforcement. Personally, I want my police trained, equipped, armed to the teeth and ready for anything. I trust them and I need them because the range of violence that may descend on my city is nearly unimaginable. It’s a lesson that kids in the scouts learn: “Be Prepared.”

A good lesson we all need to remember.

T.J. Burke

Nashua